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Murder Ordained (1987)

Based on the true story of a bedroom-eyed Kansas preacher who decided that getting rid of his wife, and his secretary's husband, was the will of the Lord.

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Mike Robe

Writers:

Mike Robe, James Steven Sadwith (teleplay) (as James Sadwith) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Trooper John Rule
JoBeth Williams ... Lorna Anderson
Kathy Bates ... Bobbi Birk
Guy Boyd ... Mike Buckley
Terence Knox ... Martin Anderson
Darrell Larson ... Ronald Stark
John Goodman ... Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sandy Bird
Robert Harper ... Warren
Margot Rose ... Nancy Horst
M. Emmet Walsh ... Vern Humphrey
Terry Kinney ... Tom Bird
Anne E. Curry ... Loraine Rule
Bruce French ... Bruce Linton
Lee Garlington ... Lorna's Friend
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Storyline

This is the story of a minister who's feeling unhappy in his marriage who then has an affair with a church employee, who is also married, and who also has affairs, and whose husband is unwilling to divorce her. One day the minister's wife is found dead, in what appears to be an auto accident, but the highway patrolman who investigated the accident doesn't think that it's an accident but doesn't have enough evidence to justify an investigation. Later, when the woman's husband is killed an investigation begins. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assalto Mortífero See more »

Filming Locations:

Emporia, Kansas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on events in Emporia, Kansas, from 1983 to 1987. Lorna Anderson was paroled in 2007; Tom Bird was paroled in 2004--and announced his intention to work as a marriage counselor. See more »

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Pretty close to fact!
4 December 2005 | by charlenelvSee all my reviews

I spent ten years working at the correctional facility where both Tom Bird and Lorna Anderson did their time. Lorna was transferred when the female inmates were all sent to Topeka, but Tom Bird remained at Lansing Correctional Facility for his entire incarceration. The resemblance between the real Tom Bird and the actor was amazing. However, the children, especially the youngest girl could have been related. I remember one time feeling especially bad when the children flew in from another state to visit their father, I was working the visiting room at the time, and saw that the movie was playing on a local channel about the time the kids probably got to their motel. They would visit their father for 5 days in a row since they were so far away. The actors that played Tom Bird's parents were uncanny in their looks and actions as well. I suppose this did much to explain my high marks for the movie. I have seen many docu-dramas depend on sensationalism, but this one played it close to the vest, and really did get the point across about the relationship between the two. Unfortunately the movie was made before Lorna Anderson was convicted of her husband's death or before Tom Bird re-married. He was paroled just last year. I am hopeful there will be no cause to make a sequel about the murder of yet another Sandra Bird. Keith Carradine and Kathy Bates were excellent as well in the movie. Their performance was every bit as good as a huge production rather than a made for TV movie. They should all be commended for such good work. It is just sad that no studio will release this excellent work on DVD and the only way to see it is to catch it on late night TV.


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